Call it the Shiv Roy effect, but in early summer 2023, it seemed like everyone was wearing monochromatic corporate-core ensembles—Meghan Markle included. Now, as summer draws to a close, the duchess is showing us how to transition our starchy white single-hue ensembles for fall.
While in Dusseldorf, Germany, where she’s supporting hubby Prince Harry’s 6th annual Invictus Games, Markle sported several monochromatic ‘fits in fall-forward tones of cream, tawny brown, and navy. And on September 15, the 42-year-old arrived at the cycle medal ceremony in the perfect transitional ensemble for those early fall days: An eggshell button-down romper under a matching light-weight blazer. She styled the easy, breezy look with gold jewelry—hoops, a pendant necklace, and cuffs—and minimalist black accessories: a crossbody bag and braided slides.
The secret, as the duchess knows, to a monochromatic outfit that feels more “stealth wealth” and less “matching pajamas,” is a variation in texture. Her canvas tie-front romper, for example, has a more relaxed vibe, while her tailored cream blazer adds structure to the look. This contrast creates depth and complexity to an otherwise simple, formulaic outfit.
The latte-colored look the 42-year-old wore on September 14, consisting of a silk top and linen trousers, is another perfect example of texture play at work, as is the knit vest-and-denim combo, which she’s done in both white and black versions this week.